Alex Cody, a third-year student in the School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, has been named to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Judicial Affairs Commission (JAC). He is the only representative from Alabama and one of only eight in the U.S. selected.

Cody will serve the JAC from 2018 – 2020. Charges to the commission include overseeing complaints, election challenges and membership issues. The JAC is also responsible for providing analysis and feedback on AAPA policies, overall policy review, and developing recommendations for consideration.

“I am honored and excited to be the student/new PA graduate member of the AAPA Judicial Affairs Commission, and I look forward to serving my two-year term with propriety and impartiality. As a PA student, I have an innate passion to be actively involved in the profession that will be my lifelong career and that is why I decided to be a PAEA Student Health Policy Fellow, attend the AAPA Leadership and Advocacy Summit, and be a candidate for a position on the Student Academy of AAPA Board of Directors,” said Cody. “My participation as a member of JAC is just a continuation of the yearning I have in being involved in the PA profession. There are multiple avenues by which PA students can be more involved in the profession. I hope I can inspire the students in my program to be more active in the PA profession, and I want to show them that there are more things to do as a PA student.”

This is not the first time Cody has been chosen for a national leadership role. In 2017, Cody was selected by the Physician Assistant Education Association for their Student Health Policy Fellowship.

When Cody graduates from the UAB PA program in December 2018, it will be his third degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has undergraduate degrees from UAB in Biology and Medical Industrial Distribution.